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PM’s statement on the alleged “attempted coup d’etat”

Ethiopia’s PM statement issued on Sunday confirms that Amhara region president Ambachew Mekonnen and Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, Seare Mekonnen are killed. Adviser to Amhara region president, Ezez Wasse, is also killed. Growing number of Ethiopians questioning if there was indeed an attempted “coup d’etate”

Abiy Ahmed
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Source : OPM

June 23, 2019

The Office of Prime Minister of Ethiopia has issued a statement on Sunday, June 23, 2019, regarding what it called an “attempted coup d’etat” in Amhara regional state in Bahir Dar, North Western Ethiopia.

The statement described what it says has happened and who is responsible for the incident, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s order to arrest those who are involved in organizing the “coup.”

According to the statement, on June 22, 2015, in the evening senior leadership of Amhara regional state was having a meeting near the presidents’ office when a force under the leadership of Brigadier General Asamenew Tsige, head of the region’s peace and security, led a “coup d’etat.”

President of the region, Ambachew Mekonnenand his advisor Ezez Wasse are killed, the statement confirmed. Amhara Regional state attorney general, Migbaru Kebede, is also heavily wounded and currently in hospital. The injury is said to be a serious one.

The statement went on to disclose another high profile killed which happened the same day ( June 22) in the evening, not in the Bahir Dar but in the capital Addis Ababa.

Seare Mekonnen, Chief of staff of the Defense Force of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and a retired general who is said to be in the residence of the chief of staff at the time, Major General Gezai Abrera, are killed around 9 p.m in the evening.  

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s statement claimed that the Chief of staff was killed in an orchestrated plot. The assassin is said to be one of the bodyguards, according to the statement.

The killing of the chief of staff, the office of the prime minister believes, is related to the “coup d’etat” in Bahir Dar.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered the arrest of all those who are involved in the plot.

Images of the statement from the Prime Minister is shared below.

Amharic version of the statement from the office of the PM. Source : OPM
English version of the statement. Source : OPM

Rumor about the death of high profile government officials was circulated on Saturday on social media.

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  1. My question would be is it right to consider Abiy Ahmed as an Amara/Oromo.

    Or is it just because he sided with antiAmaras we are supposed to consider him totally not an Amara at all , if so what is it those of us who happen to be his mother’s side of the family expected to do? Hailessealsie was a half Oromo too. Abiy is half Amara and half Oromo.
    Recently journalist of NPR named MRs. Ingeber, Sasha called Abiy Ahmed Ali “the first Oromo leader of Ethiopia”, which is a lie.

    • It’s about how you identify yourself – not who your parents are. A person born to both Amhara parents might identify as an Oromo if he was born in an Oromo land with their culture and language.


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